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It Just Got More Costly to Poach a Deer in Maryland

The Baltimore Sun/Jed Kirschbaum

Poaching deer shouldn’t be taken lightly. Recently Maryland has made it more costly to those that poach.

People should never poach a deer. Back in June, the state of Maryland has made it more costly to those folks that choose to poach deer for whatever reason.

Reported by Michael Sawyers of the Cumberland Times-News, Maryland passed a bill that created a law, and upped the cost to those illegally shooting deer.

Hunters now will be charged based on what is on the deer’s head, and will have to also serve mandatory community service.

  • For an antlerless deer, it constitutes a minimum fine of $300-$500, along with 40 hours of community service.
  • A buck that scores 150″ or less based on the Boone and Crockett scoring system yields a minimum fine of $2,000 ranging to $5,000, to go with 80 hours of community service.
  • A buck that scores more than 150″ based on the Boone and Crockett scoring system gives a fine of $5,000 to $10,000 and 80 hours of community service.

A main worry of the Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission is that the stiff restitution will result in less convictions. Joe Schroyer, a member, explained by saying,

“Here in Garrett and Allegany counties where unemployment is high you might have a guy standing in front of a judge with his wife and two kids looking on. He’s out of work and someone has told the judge he has to fine this guy at least $2,000, It might be hard to get convictions.”

All revenue the state generates from convictions will go straight to the Maryland Wildlife Management and Protection fund.

States upping penalties for poaching deer is a step in the right direction. Poaching is something that should never be tolerated, yet there are those people that still do the wrongful act, giving all the reputable hunters in the world a bad name.

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It Just Got More Costly to Poach a Deer in Maryland